Emerging ideas and ideologies profoundly influence societies and events
“Put a pencil to his temple connected it to his brain
and he wrote his first refrain a testament to his pain
Well, the word got around, they said, this kid is insane, man
took up a collection just to send him to the mainland”
This passage shows that once Alexander Hamilton put his mind into his writings, he spread his talent and knowledge to others around him, impressing them and supporting him to get an education in New York. His writings influenced society to change their way of thinking about statuses.
Disparities in power alter the balance of relationships between individuals and between societies
“The brother was ready to beg, steal, borrow, or barter”
Because Alexander Hamilton had no wealth or power to acquire the materials he needed to meet his goals of having a successful future, he needed to beg, steal, borrow, or barter to get them. The relationships of others with Hamilton would differ as they discover the actions he needs to take for his benefits. And as they decide their own opinions about how they felt about him.
Collective identity is constructed and can change over time
“How does a bastard, orphan, son of a whore and a Scotsman, dropped in the middle of a forgotten spot in the Caribbean by providence impoverished, in squalor, grow up to be a hero and a scholar?”
Alexander Hamilton was born of a very low status but he rose up through his hard work and became one of America’s founding fathers. No one saw him as of any importance in the beginning but once he started writing and educating himself, he started to prove people that he can break the bounds of identity and change into something new over time.
The physical environment influences the nature of political, social, and economic change
“In New York you can be a new man”
This line states that in order for Alexander Hamilton to move further with his dream of contributing to the American Revolution, he needs to travel to the mainland where he can get an education and help with the future of America. There’s nothing he can do if he stays planted in the Caribbean and if he wants opportunities to heighten his social and economic status, he needs to go a place that can provide the chances for him.